Eight is a lucky number in Chinese culture, and we reckon you’ll definitely be in luck if you swing by Ba Hao. This new Sino-themed bar’s name means ‘Number Eight’, and it’s a hot spot in Yaowarat, Bangkok’s Chinatown.
Red light, the favoured colour of China, spills onto Soi Nana from this seductive drinking den, set in a restored old Hong Kong-styled shophouse. Lanterns flank the inviting ground-floor entrance, lit by a scarlet neon sign, and once inside you’ll find a softly illuminated cocktail bar, decorated with vintage oriental furniture, mirrors and back-lit bottles.
Tipples come courtesy of the crack team behind The Never Ending Summer, including Opium, an oriental take on a Negroni (featuring a Chinese medicinal wine of ginseng and herbs), rum-based Five Rivers (with five spice syrups), and tempting Forbidden Gold (Tsingtao beer and peach liqueur). You can also quaff craft beers and ciders.
Pair your sips with superb trad Chinese street-food-esque comfort snacks and small plates, such as delicious duck wontons, sesame dumplings, or jianbing crepes, from the cannily curated bar menu, followed with a tofu pudding or coriander ice-cream. The menu is compact, but flavours are big and bold.
This hip speakeasy is intimate, relaxed but popular, so reserve a table for peak nights in advance. Usually a red light means stop – here it means go inside…
Ba Hao / 8 Soi Nana / Maitri Chit Rd / Yaowarat / +66 91 846 9659 / 6.30pm-midnight Tue-Fri & Sun, 8pm-midnight Sat / facebook.com